"70’s Pam Grier as Catwoman in the same size / format as your [Walking Dead 101 Ghost Variant original art]" That was the description for this commission.
I love Pam Grier. "70's" setting made me think of her films like Coffy, Foxy Brown, and Friday Foster (based on a comic).
The size of the original Walking Dead Ghost Variant art was approximately 18 x 24 inches - a lot of space to work with. When I look at that original, the things I see stylistically are lettering and high-contrast black-and-white.
To capture that period, I turned to the exploitation trailers of 42nd Street in the 70s - a dark, gritty, stylized setting and What It Is...What It Was!, a book that collects posters and art from "the black film explosion of the 70s".